Rabindra Academy launched a pocket edition of Gitabitan on Tuesday celebrating Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore’s 157th birth anniversary at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.
The programme titled ‘Chira Natuner Dilo Daak’ also featured a discussion and cultural show.
The academy launched a pocket edition of Gitabitan containing diverse genre Tagore songs at the programme, which was presided over by Rabindra Academy president poet Azizur Rahman Aziz.
Though the Gitabitan, first published in three volumes in 1931 and 1932, contains 2,232 songs penned by Tagore, the pocket edition published by the academy contains 433 songs.
‘The pocket edition contains Tagore’s popular nature, devotional, love and other songs. The edition is easy to carry and the songs have been organised alphabetically. We hope both Tagore enthusiasts and artistes will find the edition helpful’, Bulbul Mahalanbish, general secretary of Rabindra Academy, told New Age.
Among others, Jagannath University professor Ahmed Reza, Chittagong University professor Muniruzzaman and poet Nuh-ul-Alam Lenin were present as discussants at the programme.
The speakers highlighted Tagore’s contribution to Bangla literature and culture, his thoughts on society and education in their speeches.
Following the book launch and discussion, Tagore singers and recitation artistes entertained the audience presenting Tagore’s popular songs and poems.
Recitation artiste Belayet Hossain began the cultural programme reciting Tagore’s immensely popular poem Banshi, while recitation artiste Keya Chowdhury recited Parichay.
Tagore singer Mostafizur Rahman Turya rendered Tagore’s devotional song Anandadhara bahichhe bhubane and nature song Akashbhora surya tara to the delight of the audience.
Singer Aparna Khan presented Tagore’s famous love song Olo soi amar iccha korey, while Nusrat Binte Nur presented two popular love songs Bhalobasi bhalobasi and Sakhi bhabona kahare bole.
Milon Dev presented Tagore’s love song Premer joyare and nature song Eso shyamol sundar and Reeta Majumder rendered Tagore’s devotional song Eki e sundar shobha.
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